“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward in the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.” ~ Og Mandino (American Essayist and Psychologist, 1923-1996)
The first day of the year my blessings crawled into my bed to snuggle while they proceeded to inform me that Santa vacations in Hawaii while Mrs. Santa stays home to pick her nose – she’s a secret picker.
This first day of the year, I realized that my value lies in the legacy I leave my children. We read the Bible today in two different forms, the One Year Bible and the One Year Chronological Bible where we came to realize that Jesus knows and understands being adopted because he was adopted. We began our first memorization project, Psalm 1 – we have one week to memorize the entire chapter (a whole six verses) – and we prayed where I got to listen to one of my blessings say multiple times, “Thank you for letting us learn about You.” while he prayed.
Indeed, it was a day of smiles, play, and moving forward.
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.